Saturday, June 9, 2007

Butanol: The Next Generation Bio-Fuel


Although the science behind this newly found bio-fuel is not fully complete and ready to implement, butanol leaves us with a hope greater than that of ethanol.
But what is butanol? When speaking of it as a bio-fuel, it is an alchol based fuel that, at 85% strength, can be used without any changes to many engines, unlike ethanol. Butanol fuel is produced from fermentation of biomass. Essentially rotting bio-materials can be converted into butanol.

It’s imagery that causes us to reflect on a mad scientist named Doc Brown from a movie called Back To The Future. We see a frazzled man with interesting sunglasses from the future that was dumping trash into his Delorean engine to produce fuel. Just exclude the aluminum cans and plastics, and keep the banana peels, rotting foods, and plants, and we’re not far from a butanol powered engine.
When compared to ethanol, butanol is less corrosive, more sutable for distrubution through existing gasoline pipe-lines, and has more energy available to burn. Although there are no automobiles in production right now that are ready for butanol, it is concievable that we could see more ink about this new fuel in the near future.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Yahoo!'s Top Ten Greenest Cities


The following are the top ten "greenest" cities according to an ongoing research project being conducted by Yahoo!.
1: Pelzer, SC
2: Hastings, NE
3: San Carlos, CA
4: Mill Valley, CA
5: Topeka, KS
6: Dover, DE
7: Spring, TX

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

"Ecare" Alternative Energy Fair

At St. Francis University, Loretto in Somerset, PA something special is happening this weekend. Something that will hopefully create a trend in cities nationwide. We're talking about an Alternative Energy fair. An exhibit that is dedicated to the use of alternative energy driven products and services.
Some of the exhibitors will have vegetable oil-diesel conversion samples on display, as well as other small scale bio-diesel demonstrations available to the public.
It's not just the average customer their looking to sell to, although they will certainly sell to whomever will buy, but they are also in the market for businesses who will either install, buy, or market their technologies.
During the Fair there will be seminars and presentations about how bio-fuels work, what their advantges are, and how other alternative energies may be implemented. This is to inform the public about the technologies and products that will be featured at the expo.
There is a fee to gain entry, and it will be open to the public this Saturday from 8am to 8pm, and on Sunday from 9am to 5pm. For more information visit www.ecarefair.com.